How much fun can you have for $10 these days? Quite a lot if you know where to go. From catching an art-house flick to enjoying a crafty cocktail, here’s the lowdown on the loose-change high life.
1. Mid-week margaritas at Hello José, espresso martini happy hour at Melbourne Public and free trivia Wednesdays at Hightail.
You’ll feel sophisticated at op-shop prices with a $10 cocktail in hand. A midweek margarita at merry Mexican joint Hello José on Wednesday or Thursday? Or an espresso martini at Melbourne Public during their extra-long 4-7pm weekday happy hour? Or, if you’re a bit of a trivia whiz, head to Hightail in Docklands on a Wednesday night for free trivia and $9 pints and sparkling Chandon. If you’re pulling an all-nighter, grab yourself a delicious $8 toastie from Loch & Key – open every weekday until 5am and weekends until 7am.
2. Cheap movie nights at Cinema Nova and Kino
Going to the movies is pricey – unless you time it right. On Mondays, tickets are $7 before 4pm and $10 after at Cinema Nova, and $9.50 all day at Kino Cinema. Sit back, relax, and enjoy millions of dollars in movie-making for peanuts.
3. Free gigs in stunning venues
Enjoy a free music gig in some of Melbourne’s most popular venues. For some underground soulful blues, head down to Beneath Driver Lane every Friday and Sunday. If you’re more into Latin American rhythm and sounds, Platform 270 host a happy hour live session every Friday evening. Or, if you’re more of a piano fan, spend your midweek evenings at The George, where you’ll get to enjoy some different music genres all played by fantastic pianists.
4. Dance like nobody’s watching
Feel like expressing yourself through your best dance moves but too scared of the potential judgement? No Lights No Lycra is the dance class for you. Shake the past week’s stresses off every Monday in South Yarra from 7:00pm to 8:00pm, and experience the pure joy of dancing in a judge-free, friendly and vibrant environment.
5. $10 BoxBox at Drumplings and Bangkok Noodle soups at Soi 38
Dumplings enthusiasts, gather around! A Melburnian favourite not only for their delicious dumplings but also for their cheap eats, Drumplings‘ $10 BoxBox being one. Try the prawn and chive dumplings with pork crackling, shitake mushroom dumplings with salted cucumber salad or prawn and ginger dumplings with pork crackling. Are you salivating yet?
If Thai is more your thing, head to Soi 38 to try one of their delicious Bangkok noodle soups for $10. Their location is also a talking point – they’re hidden away in the ground floor of a carpark.
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6. Explore the city for free
If you enjoy a guided tour, there are plenty of free tours offered around Melbourne which take in the city’s finest architecture, famous landmarks and more. Head to Seven free tours of Melbourne icons for the low down, from guided explorations of city laneways and street art through the Melbourne Free Walking Tour to a Gardens Discovery Tour of the Royal Botanical Gardens.
7. Explore the city with Melbourne Bike Share
Whether you’re a local without wheels or a visitor wanting to get around easily, Melbourne Bike Share is for you. Look for the racks of blue bikes around town and get yourself a day pass for $3 or $8 for a week. Hit the Capital City Trail, which takes in Melbourne highlights such as the Zoo, Southbank and Royal Botanic Gardens. Or follow the Yarra River to the bay along the Main Yarra Trail.
8. Beer paddle at Hophaus
If you’re more of a beer kind of guy or gal, the tasting paddle at Hophaus is always $10. Choose four beers from the nine on tap and ponder a trip to Bavaria.
9. Coffee Cupping at Seven Seeds
In a coffee mood? One of Melbourne’s pedigree coffee roasters and retailers, Seven Seeds offers cupping sessions on Wednesday mornings for a $4 donation. Women for Women in Africa get the cash, and you learn about and appreciate several premium coffees’ body, sweetness, acidity and flavour.
10. All-you-can-eat Indian at Om Vegetarian
Love Indian? Om Vegetarian offer delicious, healthy and super-filling, all-you-can-eat vegetarian meals for $6.50. Enjoy an Indian feast of vegetarian curries, dhal, rice and naan bread. There’s also a vegan option available upon request. Om has four locations including Capitol Arcade, Collins Street, Elizabeth Street and Spencer Street, West Melbourne.